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Modified star Ted Christopher, 59, killed in plane crash in CT

17 September 2017, 02:55 | Elsie Buchanan

Race-car champion, passenger killed in plane crash

North Branford police were on the scene of a plane crash in the woods behind homes on West Street in Guilford on Saturday

Racecar driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. tweeted Saturday night that Christopher "was a legend". Track officials planned to honor Christopher by having his vehicle driven for a ceremonial lap followed by a moment of silence.

The Federal Aviation Administration indicated that two people were on the plane at the time of the crash.

NASCAR officials confirmed Christopher and the pilot died when the plane went down near the North Branford-Guilford border.

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Christopher was one of two passengers aboard the Mooney M20C aircraft traveling from CT to NY when the plane disintegrated near the North Branford-Guilford border just before 2 p.m., the Federal Aviation Administration confirmed.

NBC Connecticut reported that both people on the plane were killed. "NASCAR has his family and friends in its thoughts and prayers during this hard time".

On the Whelen tour and on New England short tracks, "Christopher was a throwback to NASCAR's roots", France said in a statement.

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The National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the incident. Whitney said Christopher often raced at speed ways in Waterford and Thompson. Fans voted him as the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour's most popular driver three times.

News of the crash spread quickly to the racing community when it was learned that veteran NASCAR Whelen Modified driver, 59-year-old Ted "Teddy" Christopher was one of the victims killed in the crash.

Christopher didn't just stick to regional racing, he made six starts in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, 21 starts in the NASCAR XFINITY Series and two in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Throughout the course of his racing career, he drove in all three of NASCAR's main series, but he was most known for his success in the Whelen Modified Tour, where he won the championship in the 2008 season.

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